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Competitions seek student artists

Scherzos and sketching, glissandos and glass blowing, sonatas and silk screens--MIT students are invited to display their artistic talents for two upcoming competitions. The MIT Symphony Orchestra (MITSO) seeks soloists in its concerto competition and the Student Art Association (SAA) is looking for visual artists to compete for a cash prize and a chance to exhibit their works.


The deadline for entry in this year's MITSO Concerto Competition is Tuesday, April 1. One winner will be selected from the MIT/Wellesley student body to perform a concerto with the orchestra during the 1997-98 season. Soloists who have already performed with the MITSO are not eligible. All concerto repertoire is acceptable and the entire work must be prepared for the audition. Accompanists are not necessary.

Applications may be picked up at the Concerts Office (Rm 14N-207) or downloaded from>. Auditions will be held on Sunday, May 4 from 9am-3pm in Kresge Auditorium. For more information, call x3-2826.


The entry submission date for the second annual Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Prize in the Visual Arts is Wednesday, April 2.

Three prizes will be awarded to registered MIT students, based on a body of work: first prize is $1,000, second prize is $600 and third prize is $400. Artists must submit at least three pieces of original work or one piece of original work and visual representations of other originals (to be available for later viewing), along with a written personal statement concerning his/her creative interest as it pertains to the works and art in general.

A panel from the MIT arts community will judge the artists' overall artistic talents and creative concept on Friday, April 11, and announce the winners the following week. The winning entries will be displayed in the Wiesner Student Art Gallery from May 13 through June 14, with a winners' reception on May 13. The winners' names will be added to the permanent plaque on the wall of the gallery.

The award was established by the SAA through an endowment from Harold and Arlene Schnitzer of Portland, OR. Mr. Schnitzer, a real estate investor, graduated from MIT in 1944 with a degree in metallurgy.

Applications are available at the SAA (Rm W20-429), the Campus Activities Complex (Rm W20-500) and the Office of the Arts (Rm E15-205). For more information, call x3-7019.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on March 19, 1997.

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